Policy Research

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Student research fellows

We support research that is timely and relevant to impact public policy by placing undergraduate and graduate student research fellows with public, nonprofit and philanthropic community partners. Students provide a valuable contribution to the partner organization and receive a meaningful learning experience. View all previous projects.

How to apply: Each semester, P3E shares information about part-time, fixed-term research opportunities with students as they become available.



Students Molly Kalb (BA ‘21) and Mariam Sayeed (MPP ‘21) worked with community partner Voters Not Politicians (VNP) to conduct research and produced a short, lively, informative video that will be used in VNP's public engagement efforts around the Independent Citizens' Redistricting Commission's work. The video explains the concept of "Communities of Interest" and how the public can be engaged in the redistricting process.


Previous research projects

Students have worked on a wide range of projects. See all of them here

Center for Community Based Enterprise

Supporting a State-level Legislative Strategy

Students worked with the Center for Community Based Enterprise to advocate for state legislation in Michigan that would support development of employee-owned companies.
Read more about "Supporting a State-level Legislative Strategy"
U.S. Department of Energy, Arctic Energy Office

University Artic Institute Gap Analysis

Students worked with the U.S. Department of Energy's Arctic Energy Office to create an “Arctic Research Resource Compendium,” which identified and cataloged university-based Arctic research institutes in the U.S. and Canada.
Read more about "University Artic Institute Gap Analysis"
The Port of Monroe, Michigan

The Impact of U.S. Customs and Border Patrol Policies on the Michigan Economy

Students worked with the director of the Port of Monroe, Michigan to identify impacts of new US Customs and Border Patrol policy and draft recommendations based on research results.
Read more about "The Impact of U.S. Customs and Border Patrol Policies on the Michigan Economy"